BREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Federal Class Action Civil Rights Law Suit Filed Against the City of Yonkers and Private Developers

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ScalesOfJustice Minority Homeowners Charge the City of Yonkers Among Others with Housing;

Discrimination and Construction of Defective and Substandard Homes

Yonkers, NY —  Attorneys with Harwood Feffer LLP (www.hfesq.com) today announced that they have filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the residents of the Father Pat Carroll Green development against the City of Yonkers and others.



The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs, minority home owners, purchased what they were led tobelieve were new well constructed, safe and affordable homes. However, after the plaintiffsmoved into their homes, they discovered that the weed-filled and barren land that made up theirbackyards and common grounds were filled with buried waste, including garbage, automobiletires, automobile batteries, pipes, glass and construction and demolition debris. Additionally, thesiding on the buildings, the window frames and doors were installed improperly, resulting insevere water damage to the homes. The homes were also poorly insulated and the heatingsystems were inadequate and inefficient, which led to increased heating costs and poorly heatedrooms. Despite their complaints about these and other conditions, little was done to correct thenumerous defects. The plans for the homes were approved by officials for the City Yonkers.The complaint also alleges that the plaintiffs, all of whom are minority group members, weredeliberately steered to the project on account of their race, color or national origin in violation ofthe federal Fair Housing Act. The Father Pat Carroll Green development is located in apredominantly minority neighborhood in Southwest Yonkers. The plaintiffs allege that they werediscouraged from seeking and/or not informed about affordable housing in white sections ofYonkers or elsewhere in Westchester.

In 1980, the City of Yonkers was sued by the United States Department of Justice and theNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a landmark suit that alleged thatthe City had engaged in intentional segregation of its subsidized housing projects. In 1986,United States District Court Judge Leonard Sand ruled that the City had engaged in a pattern ofintentional housing discrimination. As a result, the City was subjected to federal oversight of itshousing programs for over twenty years. The complaint charges that the actions of the City andothers are a continuation of the discriminatory conduct declared illegal by Judge Sand and hasresulted in the perpetuation of residential segregation in Yonkers.

Reference the March 28, 2010 article entitled: Bait and Switch in Yonkers By Hezi Aris.

For over two decades, Harwood Feffer has been a nationally recognized firm that specializes incomplex, multi-party litigation with an emphasis on securities, ERISA, consumer fraud, productliability and civil rights litigation.

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eHeziBREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Federal Class Action Civil Rights Law Suit Filed Against the City of Yonkers and Private Developers

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  1. Nah! I am so not qualified and lack the temperament to put up with Yonkers political B.S. I still have some cleanin’ up to do though.
    Love my day job and find it to be a lot more respectable, lucrative, prestigious and intellectually stimulating. However, I will continue to speak out when I see injustice and unfairness toward people (no matter the ethinicity).

  2. What is your point? Her other son is an ivy league graduate and successful young man. How about you? Ever seen the insides of an institution of higher learning? Bet not, unless perhaps you were mopping the floors.

  3. I have known for two years about the residents who came up from the Bronx for a better life. They were steered here because they didn’t know better or know the area well. I know in detail about the case, the complaints, the temporary certificate of occupancy and the great legal representation that they have. These folks are mainly Hispanic, then Black and a few Whites, so no race card here sweetie. Gail Baxter and the NAACP have been on top of this for sometime now. I shall not reveal details as this is in litigation and I want the residents and their attorney to win the case.

  4. Maybe now the public will stop being in coma and pay attention and hold folks in City Hall accountable. Frankly, unless I pay and you pay and the taxpayers are really and truly upset, nobody cares. I understand more than you know :-). The good sometimes has to suffer for the bad.

  5. Unless he lives in Fr. Pat Caroll Green or killed someone there this comment has nothing to do with the problems there. But maybe you do which is why you are trying to change the subject?

  6. I don’t think the people living there are poor people living off the government. To qualify in Westchester for “affordable housing” you earn a middle class salary. Those houses cost over $300,000. The “help” they got was as first time home buyers to qualify for their mortgage, right? They had to be employed and earning enough to satisfy the bank. So what’s the excuse for selling them a house that is sub standard?

  7. REGARDLESS OF MY FEELINGS ON THE PEOPLE GETTING A NEW HOUSE AT A BARGAIN PRICE,WHILE ME, MY WIFE AND KIDS ALL WORK 2 JOBS TO PAY MY TAXES…THE FIX WAS IN FROM THE GETGO, THE WORK WAS SUB STANDARD,THEY CUT EVERY CORNER, AND USED YONKERS AVE LABOR INSTEAD OF PAYING A DECENT WAGE TO A SKILLED AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN…WHY YOU ASK…THIS WAS A FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECT,LOOK WHO’S GETTING IT,SO ANOTHER FLEECING OF TAX PAYERS MONEY,AND WHILE CERTAIN POCKETS WERE FILLED,WHO’S LEFT AGAIN TO CLEAN UP SOME ONE ELES’S MESS…THE IDIOTS WHO GO OUT AND DO A DECENT DAYS WORK THE HONEST WAY.

  8. This story has got to do with one word only. RESPECT. Just because people are poor or an ethnic minority, they should be treated with respect. But in Yonkers, the assholes that run this City treat many, as in this case like shit. It’s time to punish these idiots who are still living in the 1950’s. I do hope in this lawsuit that there is a way, to make those who do this to other people to pay for it. Unfortunately it’s the poor taxpayer that is loaded with this.
    We need to have laws that severely punish government officials and politicians personally liable for this type of shit’

  9. As usual you play the race card-why don’t you check and see how many of the tenant’s are actually from Yonkers-you will be suprised to find out that many of them are from the Bronx.

  10. Ah! but there is no C of O. The City apparently issued temporary C of O’s. WTF. Only in Yonkers. These folks are so arrogant in City Haul, that they think they can get away with anything they do.
    It’s all a mess. I want to know how the friends and family can build 3 family homes in single family ‘hoods and are allowed to get away with it, with the collusion of all of the City agencies, and with the knowledge of most of our politicians. HOW COME????

  11. If city hall wasn’t so corrupt the “building dept” would not have given this project a C of O, Now we get to pay the lawyers! Blame amiclown and “friends”.

  12. “Hit them in their wallets where it hurts?” Haven’t we the taxpayers been hit enough, Karen? Isn’t it our tax dollars being used to subsidize these homes? It doesn’t hurt the “folks in city hall”. It hurts us the taxpayers. What do you not understand?

  13. Are these people seriously alledging that they were “steered away” from white neighborhoods? Get off your ass and look around yourself! I have an idea…why don’t we just do away with all this Federaly funded housing. No more wasting tax dollars on these dumps, no more money grubbing lawyers and their lawsuits, and no more whiny minorities complaing about their federaly subsidized housing not being good enough.

  14. And I’m sure the apartments from which they came were palaces. Entitlements, entitlements, entitlements. When is it enough? If you don’t like a gov’t subsidized home, go out and work three jobs like the rest of us and buy yourself a decent house! But be sure you can afford the mortgage payments so I don’t have to bail the banks out for you again!

  15. Saw this coming… Finally! Good luck to Randy McLaughlin. I am sure this will be a slam dunk for ya. What is troubling is that when this all started Gail Baxter reached out to some of our elected officials and their brains were in coma. Who did you tell and when did they know? Folks in City Hall knew about this months ago and chose to do nothing.
    Like I always say, best to hit ’em hard in the wallet. Make it hurt Randy, make it hurt. Corrupt Bastards!

  16. Calvi called it a “ghetto” in the making before it was built.
    Symra Brandon & John Spencer got offended.
    Calvi was probably right, again.

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